Good and Gay: care packages for queer youth, nonbinary comedy, and more!

We’re back with another Good and Gay roundup! While there is much to mourn and protest in the world, there is still much worth celebrating. And, today we’ve rounded up five of the very goodest and gayest (technical term) of the queer internet to share with you. From nonbinary comedians who know how to make a joke to celebrities coming out to queer women taking care of queer youth, we’ve got all the things that will make you smile in one place. So, grab a cup of coffee and get ready to smile.

Nonbinary comedian Jes Tom is taking representation virtual

Many of us have been pivoting to digital and virtual connections in the face of coronavirus—and queer comedians are no different. As they’ve pulled together online readings, doing sets on zoom, and creating variety shows to help support themselves as an industry that relies on live audiences. Amidst all this remote connection, nonbinary comedian Jes Tom has taken their virtual-ity to a new level. Seriously, go check out their schedule of events—they’ve got something almost every day. Tom first came to folks’ attention when they tweeted, “Fighting racism by being Asian and hot,” followed by a selfie of themself in front a blossoming tree. The hundreds of selfies and replies that flooded in show just how important Tom’s humorous take on the state of the world is right now.

Queer women create coronavirus care packages for LGBTQ+ youth

Nicole and Katelyn Barclay, a married couple living in Duluth, Minnesota, are doing their part to make a difference during coronavirus. Alongside Together for Youth, a LGBTQIA2S+ youth-serving organization, the couple has been helping provide care packages designed to help queer young people cope with coronavirus, the isolation it has required, and how home is not a safe place for all queer youth. Nicole, who believes Together for Youth saved her life when she was a child, knew that kids would depend on their community to feel safe during the pandemic and that care packages were one way to offer support and encouragement. Care packages include grocery store gift cards, face masks, snacks, adult coloring books, journals, signed photos from local drag queens, and letters of support from the mayor and other public figures.

Lesbian couple become the first married under new Costa Rican marriage equality

Daritza Araya and Alexandra Qu Castillo were the first same-sex marriage in Costa Rica, saying their vows on live broadcast just moments after the law passed. Their ceremony was publisized by the Sí Acepto (‘I do’) campaign, which has been fighting for marriage equality in Costa Rica. Sí Acepto had a public party planned, but had to cancel due to coronavirus. So Araya and Castillo’s vows offered an virtual opportunity for celebration. Sí Acepto campaign director Gia Miranda says, “[This milestone is] a message of a better future for thousands of couples and families who will receive the legal recognition they deserve.”

Actor Camryn Grimes officially comes out

The Young and the Restless star Camryn Grimes confirmed her bisexuality this week while throwing her hat in the ring for the newly vacant Batwoman role. Grimes plays Mariah Copeland, a character in a queer relationship, on The Young and the Restless and when she tweeted about wanting to play Batwoman, followers responded saying the CW was looking to hire an LGBTQ+ actor. “I’m bisexual,” tweeted Grimes.

Who knows who will replace Ruby Rose as Kate Kane on Batwoman, but regardless, congratulations on coming out, Camryn!

Study finds that LGBTQ+ inclusion promotes acceptance and helps brands

Media such as film, TV, and even ads can help change perceptions of LGBTQ+ folks, according to a new study by GLAAD and Procter & Gamble. 48 percent of non-LGBTQ people became more accepting of queer people in recent years because of media representation, a significantly higher percentage than those not exposed to queer representation. 76 percent reported being comfortable seeing LGBTQ characters in films and TV shows. A whopping 80 percent reported becoming more supportive of equal rights for LGBTQ+ folks. “The findings of this study send a strong message to brands and media outlets that including LGBTQ people in ads, films, and TV is good for business and good for the world,” says GLAAD president and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis.

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